A Colorado Book Award finalist, A Return to Emptiness is a collection of short stories about life, loss, and love. In Ransick’s words, “Loss is common to us all, yet multifarious in individual experience. I wrote these stories not primarily to describe loss but to circumscribe it-which is to say that I drew a circle of narratives round the experience to both locate and limit it. I was vaguely aware of this at the time of the writing. It’s quite clear now. “Nobody gets out of this life without experiencing loss, as well as what is offered in recompense to those with the humility and quietude to accept emptiness. Stories are an ancient way of communicating experience and a collection of short fiction is a unique and complex symbol set that can, in the best cases, fill a void, turn loss to gain. If I had my way, this book would do that for the reader.”
Author Chris Ransick appointed Denver Poet Laureate in 2006, is the author of four books, including Never Summer, which won a Colorado Book Award for poetry, and A Return To Emptiness, a Colorado Book Award fiction finalist. Chris worked as assistant to the editors of the definitive anthology, The Last Best Place: A Montana Anthology and has been teaching at Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver since 2005. He has served as a member of PEN USA’s Freedom to Write Committee, and closer to home, spent eight years on his local public library board.
His newest collection of poems, Language for the Living and the Dead, was published in 2012 from Conundrum Press, which will be issuing new editions of his earlier books.Tags: books, fiction, loss, Ransick, short stories